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OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE PLANET OCEAN

8 – 9 October, 2019

International Hydrographic Organization - IHO

MONACO

ABLOS X

Opportunities and Challenges in the Governance of Planet Ocean

There is growing recognition that the oceans are crucial to global sustainability and play a key equilibrating role in global climate as the primary sink for excess heat and carbon present in the global climate system and represent a vital repository and supporter of global biological diversity. Coastal and ocean areas are the drivers for the global economy, especially through sea-borne trade as well as via a rising ‘Blue Economy’ around the world, and play a crucial and increasingly important role in global food security. These areas are therefore of critical importance across scales, from the global to the regional, national and sub-national coastal community levels.

The oceans are also increasingly under threat, notably as a result of enhanced competition for coastal and marine resources, and intense and diverse uses of coastal and marine spaces, threatening their sustainability. All too frequently this competition leads to friction and tension among marine users and incompatible spatial and temporal overlaps between uses of ocean space. The impacts of climate change on the oceans further compound these issues.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE PLANET OCEAN

Governing our ‘Planet Ocean’ represents a vital and pressing opportunity and challenge. The tenth Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS) conference provides an opportunity to reflect on, principally, legal and technical aspects relating a range of conference themes.

PREMINARY PROGRAM WILL BE UPLOADED SOON…

  • Challenges in defining rules, standards and guidelines in the face of environmental and technical change
  • Impacts of ‘new’ technologies on UNCLOS
    • Datum errors in mapping
    • Evolving from paper to e-charts
    • Marine spatial planning
    • Dynamic digital input into maritime jurisdiction
    • Crowd-source bathymetry
    • The advent of autonomous marine vehicles
    • Cyber-maritime security (e.g. spoofing)
  • Institutional developments
  • Advances in maritime boundary dispute resolution
  • The definition of tri-points in geographically complex areas
  • Technical Aspects of Article 76 and the delineation of the outer limits to the continental shelf
  • Negotiations towards a legally binding instrument for the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ)
  • Climate change impacts on oceans and coasts (sea-level rise)
  • Advances in coastal engineering, land reclamation and the construction of artificial island, installations and structures